Wednesday, March 26, 2014

USC to Offer Class in 'Google Glass Journalism'

Not quite sure how this is supposed work, but see Mashable, "USC Is Offering a Google Glass Course for Journalism":
OK, Glass, it's time to change journalism.

That will be the collective mindset of students taking "Glass Journalism," a new course slated for the fall semester at the University of Southern California, where students will be tasked with thinking up new ways for journalists to tell stories using augmented reality and Google Glass.

It's a first-of-its-kind class for USC, and web-journalism professor Robert Hernandez believes the class offers a rare opportunity for journalism to get ahead of a budding technology trend. Hernandez said journalists have been followers — not trailblazers — when using other technology like mobile and social media, but that the industry has a chance for a head start with Glass.

"As someone who hijacks technology for journalism, I want to be proactive about shaping what journalism will look like on this," said Hernandez, who worked most recently as director of development for The Seattle Times before joining USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2009. “This platform is so new, no one has defined what journalism looks like on there. It’s such an opportunity for the journalism industry to jump on there.”
Something tells me we still need good old-fashioned journalism, like reporters digging for the truth and reporting it. But hey, it's the 21st century so everything has to be cutting edge.

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